International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today called on National Olympic Committees (NOC's) and International Federations (IF's) to embrace good governance to safeguard the credibility of sport. Speaking at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Washington, D.C., President Bach urged NOC's and IF's to implement standards and principles of good governance in all their activities in order to protect the common interest of the Olympic Movement.
“In the long run, you cannot disassociate the credibility of sports organisations and the credibility of sports competitions,” said President Bach. “If a sports organisation loses its credibility, sooner or later, the sports competition will also have a credibility problem. Once a sports competition loses its credibility then also the sports organisation will lose its credibility. The last few months have shown the importance of why sports organisations need to have credibility.”
He pointed out that principles of good governance are a key component in Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap shaping the future of the Olympic Movement. President Bach pointed out that by having fully implemented all reforms called for in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC now has a system in place that complies to the highest standards of good governance and transparency. He called on the NOCs to follow the lead of the IOC: “Following the principles of good governance is not only in your interests. Without good governance, all of your achievements are at risk. It is also in our common interest to follow the principles of good governance. If something happens in one of our NOCs, it affects all of us.”
IOC President also outlines plans to have top-level refugee athletes join the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016
President Bach also appealed for support to identify top-level athletes who are currently affected by the refugee crisis. Reiterating the announcement he made at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week that the IOC will allow the highest qualified refugee athletes to compete at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, President Bach said that the world of sport cannot ignore the magnitude of the refugee crisis that is currently affecting millions of people around the world.
“Let’s make an effort together to give them hope – even if it is only a very few athletes. And if we are giving them hope we are giving millions of refugees all over the world a signal of hope. And we will make the world aware not only of our values but also make them aware of the magnitude of this crisis that we are all facing.”